Guilt is one of the most damaging of all human emotions. People feel guilty about not being rich enough, or about being too rich. About not being nice enough to their children, or about being too nice. And if all else fails, we can always feel guilty about feeling guilty. There's hardly anyone who doesn't feel guilty about something. And most of this guilt is pointless, since people aren't really anything but what they are.

Of course, if you're a mass murderer or a politician, a little contrition would not be entirely out of place.

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